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Bill Clinton in NKorea seeking reporters' release


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has extended a warm welcome to a former U.S. president who's hoping he can bring home two jailed American journalists.

Former President Bill Clinton arrived in Pyongyang today to a greeting of flowers and hearty handshakes from North Korean officials.

The unusually warm exchange comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over the regime's nuclear program.

Clinton was making his first trip to North Korea in hopes of securing the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

They were arrested along the North Korean-Chinese border in March and accused of engaging in "hostile acts." They were sentenced in June to 12 years of hard labor.

The U.S. and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations, but officials are believed to be working behind the scenes to negotiate their release.

Online Reporter: Donnie Forti

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